HAMPTON, VA. (July 27, 2021) —Hampton University is excited to announce a new partnership with JetBlue as part of their University Gateway Program, becoming just the ninth institution to partner with JetBlue and the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to do so.
Hampton University is proud to partner with JetBlue for this collaborative effort designed to grow and develop aviation students into future first officers with JetBlue through their rigorous training program,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, President of Hampton University. “The JetBlue University Gateway Program shares Hampton University’s Department of Aviation’s mission to prepare our students for meaningful aviation careers and instill in them a strong sense of social awareness and responsibility.”
This program allows Flight Education majors to apply and interview for a First Officer pilot position with JetBlue, while still enrolled at Hampton University. Students must meet the program requirements, including but not limited to background checks, drug tests, 3.0 or higher GPA, and serving as a certified flight instructor.
“The JetBlue University Gateway Program is a great benefit for everyone involved in this partnership. It is based on Hampton University’s strong accreditation, concentrated studies and, of course, the highly motivated and accomplished students in the Department of Aviation,” said Dr. Michael Oakes, Assistant Professor in the Flight Education program. “Having this gateway program still requires hard work, but it is an extraordinary opportunity to begin a meaningful aviation career upon graduation.”
JetBlue’s University Gateway Program is the longest-running pathway program for aviation college students, allowing students to enter the pathway program with a conditional job offer as a first officer with JetBlue.
Hampton University’s Department of Aviation offers bachelor’s programs in Air Traffic Control, Aviation Management, Airport Administration, and Flight Education as well as a minor in Aviation Management.
The Department of Aviation in the School of Engineering and Technology provides students with preparation for a variety of careers in aviation. Combined with a strong liberal arts background, the aviation program prepares students to participate in building the future of the aviation industry. The Department also prepares its students to be professionals by demonstrating the value of life-long learning through research projects and the value of service to the University, aviation profession, and community. Hampton University’s Department of Aviation is the only one of the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in America with a Federal Aviation Administration-approved ATCI program.
The Department of Aviation is committed to providing a high-quality aviation education for all its students. Faculty are actively involved in advancing the aviation community as a whole. They strive to prepare students for meaningful aviation careers within government and the aerospace industry and to instill a strong sense of social awareness and responsibility to the public. The Department of Aviation has established itself as a high-quality Bachelor of Science degree program with a national reputation for outstanding graduates.
In April, the Hampton University Department of Aviation announced a new partnership with United Airlines to identify and recruit top talent into United’s Aviate Academy. In July, a team of six aviation students finished in the top 3 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Smart Airport Challenge. The students developed a concept that could change the way runway inspections are carried out at airports across the nation.